Tyler Timson to play basketball at Cabrini University

MILFORD – Prior to his sophomore year at Milford High School, Tyler Timson had never played basketball before.

Now, as a senior, Timson will be taking his three-year basketball career to the next level.

Timson will be attending Cabrini University next year to play basketball under head coach Tim McDonald, making it official Tuesday, Jan. 17 with a brief ceremony in the high school cafeteria.

In three years, Timson has come a long way on the basketball court, which he credits mainly to Milford’s varsity head coach Bob Spath.

“Coach Spath came up to me after a football practice one day during my sophomore year and talked me into playing. I was always tall and everyone would ask me to play, I just never wanted to before then,” Tyler said.

“I could barely make a lay-up. Basketball was foreign to me. I didn’t know anything, couldn’t make a shot, couldn’t make a lay-up, dribble or anything,” he added. “I’ve definitely come a long way because of him and his coaching. He helped develop me through the long summers. I stayed after practices late and worked on my game.”

In addition to coach Spath’s mentorship and one-on-one coaching, Tyler has worked hard to develop his skills in practice and on the court for the Buccaneers.

“I assured him that we would just ease him into it and that we wouldn’t play him in any games until he felt comfortable,” coach Spath said. “So we just put him in practices, and eventually he felt like playing in a game. We put him in some games and he played quite a bit last year, his junior year, for the JV team. Then this year he’s progressed just about as much as he did his junior year. So he’s come a long way from that first try-out/practice.”

For Tyler, the college decision was easy once he visited the campus in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

“I told him to leave his options open and see what was out there, but we went up and visited the school and it was a perfect fit for him educationally,” Tyler’s mother, Jamie Timson, said. “I told him it was his choice but I definitely wanted him to go to college, so I’m glad to see that happen for him.”

“I went up to a camp at Cabrini, met coach McDonald, played for him and he showed more interest in me,” Timson said. “He invited me up for a visit, and just getting to see the community of Radnor and meeting coach McDonald, seeing his philosophy just made me want to go up there and play basketball.”

“It’s beautiful up there. It’s like a family there at Cabrini. Even the surrounding city, everyone’s family and they support Cabrini. So that family aspect is really what drew me into the school.”

While attending Cabrini University, Tyler plans to study education and would one day like to become a teacher and a coach.

“He’s wanted to be a teacher since probably eighth grade or so,” Ms. Timson said. “He loves coaching and he loves being around kids, so I think it’s a great fit for him.”

As for the basketball aspect, coach Spath is confident that Timson will have no trouble fitting in with Cabrini.

“With Tyler, if he can improve in the next four years at the same rate he improved in the last two years then he’ll have a really good college career,” he said.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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